An Italian wine bar and kitchen tucked away down Artillery Passage, in Spitalfields. It takes its name from an innovative wine-making movement born in the 60s, and which now produces some of Tuscany's - and Italy's - best reds.
Enoteca Super Tuscan's not all about the wine, though. A good selection of stuzzichini (small plates) includes bruschetta and arrancinetti (here made with smoked pancetta, mozzarella and n’duja sausage) to pizzetta, bianchetti and fagioli alla Toscana - a traditional Tuscan dish of cannellini beans served with crostini and and olive oil.
Pasta, carne and pesce options include mushroom tortelloni, char-grilled, herb marinated chicken escalopes, a slow-cooked veal and petits pois stew and salsicce Toscana con lenticchie - a classic Tuscan dish of char-grilled sausages flavoured with fennel seeds. Sharing platters and daily specials are available, too.
The wine list is Italian all the way, with bottles selected from Umbria, Veneto, Puglia, Campana, Le Marche, Sardinia and Sicily. It's Tuscany that features most, though, with recognisable options alongside those from small producers, fine cellar reds and bona-fide Super Tuscans, such as a 2009 Tignanello Antinori - a blend of sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.
|Venue name:||Enoteca Super Tuscan||Contact:|
8a Artillery Passage
|Opening hours:||Open noon-10pm Mon-Fri|
|Transport:||Tube: Liverpool St tube/rail|
|Price:||Meal for two with wine and service: around £50|
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A lovely little hole in the wall wine bar tucked down the dark and twisting lanes near Liverpool Street. As the name hints there is an overarching Italian influence to everything they do, but this dedication means that once you're through the curtain at the door you could easily get lost in the atmosphere and be disappointed to step outside and find you're not in the back streets of Florence or Siena.
Our visit was purely for drinking purposes, and the wine list offers a fine selection at reasonable prices. The food looked great too and I will make sure my next visit includes some eating as well.
An Italian oasis 5 minutes from one of the busiest parts of the city is the perfect escape. Just don't drop by over the weekend as they're currently only open Monday to Friday.